How Much Freedom Of Travel Does Your Country Have?

Americans can travel without a visa to 172 countries; Iraqis can travel to 31.

1. The British, Finns and Swedes have the most freedom to travel the world without a visa. They can enjoy visa-free travel to 173 countries, according to the 2013 Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index.

2. The U.S. ranks second-best with visa-free travel to 172 countries along with Germany, Luxembourg, and Denmark.

3. Nine out of 10 of the top countries with the most freedom to travel are part of the European Union, with only the U.S. representing the rest of the world.

4. Afghanistan ranks the lowest with only 28 countries in the world allowing Afghans to visit without a visa. Iraqis can travel visa-free to 31 countries. Pakistan and Somalia fare equally poorly with only 32 countries welcoming them without a visa.

5. The top ten worst passports to have also include Syrian and Iranian passports which have access to 39 and 40 countries respectively.

6. China fares worse than India on the rankings; 44 countries welcome the Chinese without a visa, while Indians can travel to 52.

7. There is a strong correlation between average wealth and access to open frontiers, reported the Independent.

The story also stated:

The imbalance between ease of access for citizens of rich nations and the lack of openness displayed by those countries was revealed in a World Tourism Organization report, which reported that three-quarters of the world’s population requires a visa ahead of traveling to Europe.

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Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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